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Is the UK Ranking System for Drugs Any Good?

Earlier we discussed the notion that LSD and other hallucinogens were possibly the most harmful drugs, simply for what they do to a person’s mind.

Well, a new ranking system of drugs has been recommended and was recently printed in The Lancet medical journal in the UK. This new system devised harm scores for drugs, examining the damage caused by each drug not just to an individual or how addictive it was, but also by the damage it caused to families and society as a whole.

Topping the list were heroin and cocaine, but an article in The Guardian seemed surprised that alcohol was placed fifth on the list.

Although it is the world’s most consumed addictive substance and is legal, it actually costs more to the population in terms of damage caused by its use. This includes deaths from drinking and driving, as well as domestic violence, assault and battery, and lost productivity at work.

Also mentioned in the article was that marijuana was ranked as being more harmful that Ecstasy, LSD and GHB.

Does this classification system make sense? These British research scientists seemed to think so. What do you think?

Article by Eric

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